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Feb. 06, 2012

Ghost Drummer

by Leslie Taylor

Portrait of the ghost drummer from odaibe on Vimeo.

In his piece Portrait of a Ghost Drummer, Polish artist Bartek Szlachcic uses motion-capture and other technology to track then display the intricate choreography of a musician's hands hammering out a drum solo.

The audiovisual artist explains:

The drum sticks are the extensions of drummer's hands like a brush is an extension of the painter's hand. Motion-captured movements become a visual map over a time revealing fragile rhythm structures and invisible notations behind energetic instrumental solo. 'Portrait of a Ghost Drummer' expands the understanding of drummers activity from purely auditory experience to spontaneous visual performance. From technical point of view motion trajectory was captured on Vicon MX system and raw CSV files were translated into visual language in 3d environment Cinema4D.

via Co.Design

About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is the online editor at Workboat.com and NationalFisherman.com. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be. She is also Science Friday's former web editor.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

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